SFS Fall Protection Systems protect the world’s largest new airport

SFS Fall Protection Systems have been chosen as the roofing fall protection solution for the first and most significant phase of what will be the new largest airport in the world.

Designed by Grimshaw, with master planning by Arup, the Istanbul New Airport is a new ‘mega-airport’, replacing the city’s Atatürk Airport, which will have six runways and the capacity to handle up to 200 million passengers annually once fully operational by 2030.

Heralded as the major hub at the intersection of Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the scale of the €7bn project is illustrated by the fact that 20,000 workers were employed on site at one time, supported by 58 cranes. This huge workforce has helped to ensure Turkey’s new main airport will be up and running by October 2018, just over two and a half years since the building’s first space frame roof was erected.

To protect workers and maintenance teams with both restraint and fall arrest capabilities, the responsible contractor selected to use the Horizontal Lifeline system from SFS. This UK-designed and manufactured system has been installed across the 400,000 sq. m standing seam roof, with 2,200 high load posts, which feature a special customized surface finish, interlinked by 18km of stainless steel wire. The result is a highly effective fall protection solution which is aesthetically sympathetic, comfortably accommodating the design intent.

The system was part of a package of building envelope solutions provided by the SFS Group. This included a range of high performance SFS SL2, SD6 and SD14 fasteners for the standing seam roof, plus thousands of GESIPA BULB-TITE® blind rivets. Close collaboration between the SFS teams in the UK and Turkey ensured the client could take full advantage of a tailor-made package backed with market-leading technical support and a team resourced to fulfill the tight delivery schedule.

James Gooder, Business Manager at SFS Fall Protection, said: “The scale and prestige of the Istanbul New Airport project is ideally suited to the complete building envelope solution from SFS. Within this, the importance of the Fall Protection range is increasingly being realised by clients seeking long-term assurance for their buildings. Our teams have worked tirelessly to deliver a successful result for the developer IGA to create a building which is safe, secure and sustainable, whilst meeting the architectural vision for this landmark development.”

SFS Fall Protection Systems are designed to provide fall protection on trapezoidal roof profiles, standing seam and flat roofs. The system is fully stainless steel manufactured, tested and certified to EN795:2012 and CEN/TS16415:2013, and offers a long, reliable service life which is backed with a 25-year warranty, underwritten by the £1.28bn turnover SFS Group.